As part of our celebration of AmeriCorps Week, we’re highlighting how AmeriCorps worked for VM alumni. This is just one of many success stories!
As the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with West/Rhode Riverkeeper in Class 20, Zach Thomas strengthened volunteer participation in a variety of projects including Creek Watchers
, water quality monitoring, environmental education, and shoreline clean-up and restoration. Zach engaged over 230 volunteers in environmental activities that affected 29 tidal sites and 12 non-tidal stream sites, planted 200 native trees, and improved the overall ecology of the watershed. After his AmeriCorps term of service, Zach spent nearly three years in El Salvador with the Peace Corps building eco-efficient wood-burning stoves, fundraising for computers, teaching English, and starting a Leadership Training Course. Upon returning to the United States, Zach knew he wanted to continue working in the service field. With his service background and the skills he developed as an AmeriCorps member and Peace Corps Volunteer, Zach found a great fit as the Manager of Mediation Services for the Center for Conflict Resolution.